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Reopen voting sites

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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

New York City’s Board of Elections noted a low voter turnout for the June primary and a declining participation rate over the last few years.

There’s a good reason why. The BOE closed a number of polling sites because they were deemed inaccessible to handicapped voters under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sending absentee ballots to disabled voters instead of closing polling sites for everyone makes more sense. Closing polling sites disenfranchises thousands for the sake of a few.

Kew Gardens Hills voters lost their chance to cast ballots at a conveniently located site when the BOE abandoned PS 164 over two years ago.

Unless the BOE corrects this situation, its initials really stand for Barrel of Errors.

Richard Reif

Welcome to the discussion.